When residents in Providence are told that they need surgery, they may wish to examine the surgical error rate for the hospital where the surgery will take place. Surgical mistakes continue to occur in hospitals in and around Rhode Island and might actually be increasing.
One of the most deadly forms of cancer is lung cancer and it can happen to anyone in Providence, whether they are a smoker, around smoke, or live in a smoke-free environment. The one bright consolation is that if it is detected early, there is a chance to successfully treat the disease.
Rhode Island residents who have undergone surgery or know someone who has may be interested in this latest study which claims that post-op patients recovering from surgery should expect upwards of four or five medical procedural mistakes during their hospital recovery. And even more alarming - half of the mistakes have the potential to cause them serious harm. Although the study was not conducted in the United States, one U.S. doctor who specializes in patient safety said the study's findings are symbolic of what transpires in teaching hospitals in the U.S.
Some hospitals devote a tremendous amount of time and resources to prevent medical errors and improve the overall quality of patient care. However, others appear to be more negligent when it comes to ensuring patient safety. A new report of hospital safety rankings suggests that the importance of patient safety can vary greatly from state to state.
After completing medical school, new doctors begin their careers in medicine by completing a medical residency in which they work unimaginably grueling hours under the supervision of other licensed physicians. In 2011, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, known as ACGME, changed the restrictions placed upon medical residents' work hours. However, the implications of the new changes have been debated among those in the medical profession.
When it comes to your health, you should not take any chances. In order to make the best decisions, you need to have all the information available; but nowadays, with the changes in modern medicine, we are often left waiting for doctor's offices to call us when we should be calling them. Waiting for test results can be a dangerous game.
Attempting to measure the cost of medical mistakes is not an easy feat, since the most sensationalized medical errors, brought to the public's attention in jury trials, only account for about 10 percent of medical malpractice cases.
Debates about the safety of full-body scanners at airports and data privacy concerns about electronic medical records have been hot topics in the news in the last few months. But are they the largest technology threats to personal health and patient safety?